According to a U.S. Senate report, since 2006, Philly has spent $2.3 million of federal money to build a counterterrorism site that’s hardly finished, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The city says that while the project is a year behind, it’s still moving forward:
City officials, however, say that a small center is operating and that plans to build a regional intelligence center were back on track, particularly since the Philadelphia Police Department recently took control of the project.
The building of the center is about a year behind schedule, but, [a legislative assistant to Everett Gillison, deputy mayor for public safety, Tom] Elsasser said, “we have not spent money improperly.”
For more details on the city’s response to the Senate report, check out this Newsworks article. Newsworks reports that a permanent counterterrorism center at 20th and Oregon should be finished by early 2013.
Updated 12:38 p.m. 10/10/12 to add more information and link to Newsworks article.-30-